The “New” Marriott Cancellation Policy is Not New — Just Expanded

The main reason behind the implementation of stricter cancellation policies is because when a potential guest cancels a reservation at the last minute, the room reserved for that guest might remain unsold. That would be unfair to management of the hotel property — especially if demand was high and the hotel property might have otherwise been sold out…

…and what if more than one guest cancelled at the last minute at the same hotel property? What if someone else could have used that room but was denied the ability to book the reservation — only to have that room possibly unused due to a cancellation at the last minute?

Due primarily to that reasoning…

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Unimpressed With My First Stay at Delta Hotels & Resorts

During my trip to the Rocky Mountains in Canada as I was nudging my way from Calgary to Jasper, I needed a lodging option one night somewhere either in Banff or Lake Louise — and a number of options were already sold out.

The exterior of the lodge appeared upscale. I was looking forward to my stay. I pulled the rental car up to the front door and walked in to check in for my stay…

…but only one person was…

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New to Marriott Rewards? Earn a Free Night After Two Paid Stays

When you join as a new member of the Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program, you can receive a certificate good for a free night at any participating Category 1-5 hotel or resort property after two paid stays at a participating hotel or resort property through Saturday, October 7, 2017.

If you are an existing member of Marriott Rewards, you are unfortunately not eligible to participate in this promotion.

The choice of 17 brands of Marriott International participating in this promotion are as follows…

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Register Now For MegaBonus by Marriott Summer 2017

With the latest iterations of the MegaBonus promotion, you can earn 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points per stay beginning with your second stay when you stay at any participating hotel or resort property worldwide between Saturday, May 27, 2017 and Monday, September 4, 2017 — plus, earn an additional 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points for each new brand at which you stay, beginning with your second brand.

That translates into a potential total of up to 4,000 Marriott Rewards points per stay.

Registration is open for the MegaBonus promotion, which ends on…

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Are Dual-Branded Hotel Properties Becoming More Popular?

Ground was broken in March on 14 Street in midtown Atlanta for a new building costing $70 million which will house both AC Hotel by Marriott and Moxy hotel — two of the 30 lodging brands of Marriott International, Incorporated.

It is expected to open during 2018; and the two hotels — AC Hotel by Marriott will be comprised of 133 rooms; while Moxy hotel will accommodate guests in 155 rooms — will share a deck-top amenity space that includes a rooftop pool and bar.

Two brands of the same lodging company may not be so unusual; but two brands of different lodging companies might seem quirky. Consider the project announced in August of 2015 in which…

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Shopping Option Eliminated Without Notice to Earn Marriott Rewards Points

ShopMyWay is an Internet shopping portal which offered a way to earn Marriott Rewards points by shopping for items which you would purchase anyway at many retailers. Weeks would elapse until points were credited to a Marriott Rewards account; but it was an inexpensive way to keep Marriott Rewards points from expiring ever since a new expiration policy for Marriott Rewards points was announced back in August of 2015 and became effective as of Monday, February 1, 2016.

Prior to that expiration policy becoming effective, Marriott Rewards points generally did not expire.

“While it is entirely possible (likely even) that I missed any communications, I don’t recall ever receiving notice of this service ending”, according to…

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